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Older, Heavy Smokers Need Annual Lung Scan

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you are age 55 to 80 and either a current or former heavy smoker, getting an annual lung CT scan could cut your risk of death from the nation’s leading cancer killer, according to final guidelines issued this week by a federally appointed panel of experts. Lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, more than the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Catching the cancer early by detecting it on a CT scan could …

Really? Fries, Burned Toast Could Cause Cancer?

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe know french fries are bad for our waistlines, but now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants us to know that there’s another reason to cut back on them — a chemical called acrylamide, which forms in foods cooked at a very high temperature and which has been linked to cancer in animal studies. Acrylamide primarily shows up in plant-based foods that are fried, toasted or baked, like potatoes, cereals, breads, dried fruit, even roasted coffee beans. Evidently, the …

Home DNA Tests: Are They Safe?

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe promise of genetic medicine is vast. In the future, cancer therapies will better target a specific tumor; couples will better understand their reproductive risks; and once the genetic components of myriad diseases are better understood, potential cures may be just around the corner. But experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and elsewhere worry that our ability to learn about our genome has outrun the medical community’s ability to usefully interpret the results. “It’s not enough to understand …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone — and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

4 New Ways to Boost Food’s Anticancer Properties

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCancer researchers have long known that certain vegetables contain powerful anticancer compounds, but whether our bodies get the full dose of these substances often depends on how we cook the vegetables and even what other foods we eat along with them. This week, at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists presented new research on how to get the most cancer-preventive properties out of certain vegetables we eat. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Here’s …

Got Health Problems? Now You Can Get insurance Online

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News. This KHN story was produced in collaboration with McClatchy. Denise Marshall of Sonoma, Calif., was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 and a year later, lost her toy company job along with her health insurance benefits. The good news is that her disease was caught early and she is now in remission. The bad news was her cancer diagnosis made it impossible to buy coverage because insurers thought she was too high a health …